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130 Post author: Yvain 24 December 2010 09:26PM

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Comment author: Will_Sawin 25 December 2010 04:44:57PM *  1 point [-]

My actions and your actions aren't perfectly correlated, because we're somewhat different.

No matter how you handle this, it seems to suggest that my donation would acausally affect some fraction of other people's donations. So it might count as, e.g., +/- 2 million, which is still more-or-less marginal, since the costs are multiplied as well.

Maybe more than that?

It's stil a far cry from just dividing 5 million/16 million.

Edit: Isn't utility maximized if the abstract computations "What humans do" and "The thing with greatest marginal benefit" equalized, though? If utility is convex, yes. So there should be some other rule, like, if you're at a bad equilibrium, act so as to break it. I am unsure how this works.